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  • Night Watch

  • Discworld #27
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,296
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,298

Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another brilliant Pratchett

  • By Terry Austin on 02-02-04

Which comes first

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

In all my Terry Pratchett reading, this novel is the one i go back to time and time again. The only problem is you have to read the other discworld novels to get a glimpse at the layers within layers that this intricate quilt of a novel provides. Perhaps that is the genius of these novels, they take a thought, a simple thought, that branches out into other thoughts which branch into other thoughts and pretty soon all these thoughts light up the mind.

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  • The Parafaith War

  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

In the far future among the colonized worlds of the galaxy, there's a war going on between the majority of civilized worlds and a colonial theocracy. Trystin Desoll grows up fighting against religious fanatics and becomes a hero, a first-class pilot, then, amazingly, a spy. What do you do if you're a relatively humane soldier fighting millions of suicidal volunteers on the other side who know that they are utterly right, and you are utterly wrong, with no middle ground? Trystin Desoll has an idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had faith they would do this audiobook!

  • By gander on 06-27-18

I had faith they would do this audiobook!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-18

When i first got into audiobooks, this novel was one of the ones I searched for. I am glad they finally made it and made it well.

This novel is science fiction the way science fiction should be. Yes it tells a story of how humanity might be in a far distant future beyond this stellar system. However it does not forget that good stories depict a human story. This story follows Trystan Desol as he learns about cultures and the ways cultures meet and interact. This is a heroic story of a human choosing how he wants to live.

Joel Richard does a wonderful job with his performance.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55,268

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Good Moon Shot

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-17

This was an enjoyable story. The heroine is a fiesty, sarcastic, slightly sarcastic twenty-something figuring out her world. As such Rosario Dawson does a great job conveying her voice. The world Weir creates for the story is interesting but not too novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Koban: When Empires Collide

  • Koban, Volume 7
  • By: Stephen W Bennett
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

Under threat of destruction or servitude to the Empire, facing the fleets of the Ragnar, Finth, and Thack Delos, and the larger force of the Thandol, Mirikami prepares the Federation for all-out war. The Planetary Union, allied with the Federation, receives a squadron of new technology Federation Scouts equipped with gravity controlled weapons. They conduct a preemptive strike on a Thandol base. The emperor blames it on the Federation, unaware of the PU's existence, and orders simultaneous attacks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly one of my favorite series

  • By MPITA on 10-01-17

An ending leaving you wanting more

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-17

Bennet has a way of rushing about the galaxies leaving his readers rushing to keep up.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,020
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,676

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid continuation that fizzles at the end

  • By Tyson S Sukeforth on 10-04-17

Don't Skip this series!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-17

Really I started this series because of R. C. Bray but i stayed with it because of Craig Alanson. Oh and Skippy too!

  • Aurora

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,448
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,265

A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By ewreirct on 07-14-15

Unexpectedly good!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-17

I picked this book on a whim. I'm pleased with my gut instinct. The trope of the first ship out to the stars is one of my favorites so to see it from a new perspective was very pleasing. This means i will now have to read more Kim Stanley Robinson.

At first i wasn't sure about the reader but by the end Ali Ahn had sucked me into the story very well and I will be looking for her as well.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,313

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

love this Trilogy of a book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-16

This is really three books in one. As such it reminds me of the old first colonization series of the 70s and 80s. The first section is the leaving earth section. The next section is where to now section. The final section is the brave new world section. As such this novel has more than enough to interest anyone.

As much as I enjoyed this novel for its hard science I will admit that sometimes Stephenson plucks some scientific advances from thin air. On the other hand there are few novels that could remain hard scientifically accurate for as long a span of time as this novel covers.

The narrators do a solid job and can approach the voice and drama of the novel. This sounds like faint praise but considering the scope and breadth of Seveneves, I consider it quite an achievement.

Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry

  • Earthsea

  • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Ursula le Guin
  • Narrated by: Toby Jones
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation, based on the first three books in Ursula Le Guin's best-selling Earthsea cycle. Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, Earthsea tells the intertwined stories of Ged and Tenar. Ged is a boy from the island of Gont, born with innate magical talent and a reckless nature, who tampers with long-held secrets and releases a terrible shadow into the world. He must risk everything in order to restore the balance....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anxiously awaited!

  • By gander on 07-08-16

Anxiously awaited!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-16

What made the experience of listening to Earthsea the most enjoyable?

I hove long loved this series and now can listen to it in a new way.

What did you like best about this story?

It is a well-done adaptation. As such it condenses the overall story into a presentation worthy of the long cherished series.

Have you listened to any of Toby Jones’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

While I had not previously heard Toby Jones perform, I will be looking for more of his works.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

While you could enjoy this in one sitting, it matters not for you will enjoy it nonetheless.

Any additional comments?

Chapter 6 will awe you!

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  • The Star

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Mike Vendetti
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Arthur C. Clarke, it has often been pointed out, possess the best attributes of poet and scientist. Clarke is also a profound philosopher. This story is a rare example of sympathetic insight mingled with the best science-fiction traditions. It may shock or disturb you, but it will not leave you unmoved. One thing, however, is certain: it could have been written by no one else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Single Greatest Short Story I Have Ever Heard

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 02-04-15

A star among stories!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Star?

Of course the ending stands out for the sheer anguish and despair but the build up within the story was very well done.

What about Mike Vendetti’s performance did you like?

I love his voice! It matches the narrator perfectly.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It has been done on t.v. at least once.

Any additional comments?

Clarke pulls awe and wonder from the sky and offers it from his hands to yours.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The War Prayer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Mike Vendetti
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Award-winning narrator Mike Vendetti narrates "The War Prayer", a short story or prose poem by Mark Twain, a scathing indictment of war and particularly of blind patriotic and religious fervor as motivations for war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant writing! Brilliant reading!

  • By gander on 07-05-16

Brilliant writing! Brilliant reading!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The War Prayer to be better than the print version?

Very well read but this work will always stand out.

What does Mike Vendetti bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A ringing tone which reverberates throughout the piece with conviction.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the hidden gems among Twain's works. The last line truly marks this as Twain at his most cantankerous.